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City LAOAG
Official Website http://www.tourism.gov.ph
Island Grouping Luzon
Region Region I
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Laoag City (Ilocano: Siudad ti Laoag; Chinese: ) is a first class city in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is the capital city of Ilocos Norte, and the province's political, commercial, and industrial hub. The Municipalities of San Nicolas, Paoay, Sarrat, Vintar, and Bacarra form its boundaries. The foothills of the Cordillera Central mountain range to the east, and the South China Sea to the west are its physical boundaries.

LOCATION

Located at the west central part of the province of Ilocos Norte bordering the great China Sea. It is the nerve center of trade, commerce, business, industry, education and politics in the province. It is traversed by the national road and is about 488 kilometers north of the City of Manila. Its boundaries extend to the towns of San Nicolas on the southeast, Paoay on the southwest, Sarrat on the east, Vintar on the northeast and Bacarra on the northwest. The South China Sea is its boundary on the west.

LAND AREA

Laoag City has a total land area of 12,747.35 hectares or 127.4735 square kilometers. It consists of 80 barangays, 30 of which are urban and 50 are rural barangays. An area of 930.847 hectare is occupied by the urban core or the poblacion, while 11,816.501 hectares are occupied by the rural barangays.

CLIMATE

Laoag experiences the prevailing monsoon climate of Northern Luzon, characterized by a dry season from November to April and a wet season from May to October, occasionally visited by powerful typhoons. On July 13, 2006, the whole city is in state of calamity due to the typhoon Florita.

POPULATION

According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 94,466 people in 19,751 households.

LANGUAGE/DIALECT

Ilocano, Tagalog, English

CURRENCY

Philippine Peso (Php) in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1 in pesos and. 25, 10, 5 and 1 in centavos.

ECONOMY

Apart from being distinguished as the provincial capital, Laoag City is also the center of the fast developing North Luzon Economic Triangle. The city seats in a strategic area close to the economic centers of East Asia, reachable in 45 minutes by plane from Hong Kong and 30 minutes from the port city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Having critical infrastructure such as Laoag International Airport and the Currimao Port makes Laoag the port of entry of goods and services complemented by an extensive road and highway system that connects it to other cities. An extensive banking system is also found in the city with an impressive number of twenty-five different local, domestic, and foreign banks ready to serve any financial needs.

Laoag City provides a large opportunity for economic expansion. The historic scenic tourist spots, availability of internationally competitive accommodations and facilities, and the presence of supportive national government agencies, makes Laoag an ecotourism center, as classified by the Department of Tourism. The Northwestern Luzon Growth Quadrangle or NORTH QUAD, also aims to uplift the rural areas through an integrated countryside agri-industrial development approach with focus in attaining sustainable and equitable growth; increase the productivity of agriculture and fisheries; and encourage industrial competitiveness in the local and foreign markets like Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Plans are also being undertaken for the establishment of an ECO-TOURISM village which will showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Ilokanos and the local industries.

Laoag and the surrounding municipalities also bolster a strong workforce. A proposed industrial park name Laoag EcoZone is set to rise within the city limits to host manufacturing companies. Opposite the industrial site will be housing projects. Along the national highway going to the Laoag International Airport are rural barangays to be developed into residential zones. At present, most industries in the city are small-scale consisting of food processing factories, rice mills, jewelry-making, hollow blocks factories and metal crafts.

The city is also in the forefront of green-technology after Danish investors set-up the first wind-driven powerplant in Southeast Asia. The 25-megawatt plant cost $47.6 million US Dollars and an $11 million US Dollar expansion is concurrently under construction, which is set to quadruple the capacity of the Laoag windmills.

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